Counsellor and psychotherapist in Marylebone, London & Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
I’m here to offer my clients a welcoming and secure space where they can feel free to talk.
It’s very important to me that we build a strong trusting alliance, so you feel safe to open up, as well as willing and able to consider making real changes.
Earning the right to practice as a counselling psychologist and psychotherapist requires a great deal of self-analysis, along with solid ongoing professional training. I do both on a continuous basis.
My main teacher has been my attachment traumatic wound - getting to know it, feeling and processing the pain and all other complicated and intense feelings related to it - with patience, awareness and compassion. Working with my own trauma helped me understand a lot about complex relational trauma and what it does to the body, heart and mind.
Before training to become a psychologist and psychotherapist, I worked in banking services and life insurance. I was a trainer and managed various projects. I was also the CEO of a charity for children diagnosed with critical illnesses. The therapeutic relationships I built with children and their parents helped me develop a great sense of patience, perseverance and belief in the human capacity to heal.
Now I’m a chartered psychologist, also qualified in Jungian psycho-dynamic counselling and psychotherapy working with individuals and couples. For couples, I’m a Certified therapist in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT).
Ongoing training means I can deliver the best in professional practice.
On a personal level I am still immersed in my own psychotherapy process, as well as doing continual professional development. I am the first accelerated experiential-dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP) Certified therapist in the UK. AEDP is a new therapy approach which has roots in interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, emotion theory and affective neuroscience and body-focused approaches. Based on neuroplasticity, it facilitates healing traumatic events through undoing of aloneness and in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences.
In my work, I also integrate cutting edge techniques such as EMDR therapy, Brainspotting, Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) with Dr Frank Corrigan, Somatic Psychology, Polyvagal Theory and Internal Family System (IFS Level 1) for treating complex cases of trauma. I am also an ISTDP, EMDR and Brainspotting UK Accredited Practitioner.
Intensive Short term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is a cutting edge therapy model, with a strong evidence base. It is a highly effective form of individual psychotherapy designed to get to the heart of the matter quickly, and resolve issues fast. The approach is emotion focused; a relational therapy that can address a wide range of ongoing problems or symptoms.
Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an evidence -based psychotherapy helping people heal by accessing and healing their protective and wounded inner parts. Just like members of a family, inner parts are forced from their valuable states into extreme roles within us.
One major principle in IFS therapy is that the entire inner system (formed of protectors and wounds) are led by a core Self. The core Self, which can't be damaged, is a healing energy existent in everyone and with which we are all born with. IFS psychotherapy creates inner and outer connectedness by helping people first access their Self and, from that core, come to understand and heal their parts.
Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) is a trauma therapy approach which aims to access the core of the traumatic experience in a way which tracks the original physiological sequence in the brainstem, the part of the brain which is rapidly online in situations of danger or attachment disruption. There may be threat and attachment wounding together when, for example, an experience of abandonment in infancy activates age-appropriate fears for survival.
My knowledge of these many approaches keeps enhancing my expertise and experience. In turn, that means I understand how to help you with a wide range of difficulties, from anxiety and depression to isolation, bereavement and loss or developmental attachment trauma.
Being chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and accredited by The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) means that I must adhere to their ethical framework for good practice and that in order to retain my membership and accreditation I undergo annual checks to ensure that I continue to meet the exacting professional requirements of the regulatory bodies. I am also a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
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I take part in ongoing supervision meetings in psycho dynamic therapy, AEDP, EMDR, DBR, Brainspotting and EFT for Couples to make sure I offer professional services to clients.
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